ASI294MM Pro

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Product Description

294mm parameters

By popular demand, we now introduce the ASI294MM Pro. This is the monochrome version of the ASI294MC Pro – one of the top selling cameras from ZWO. Some of the highlights include:

  • Back-illuminated sensor – improving sensitivity and reducing noise
  • 4/3” format with 4.64 um pixel size – ideal for many types of telescopes
  • 14-bit ADC – giving a high dynamic range
  • An impressive 66ke- full well capacity- helping to reduce the issue of for example saturated stars
  • 4144*2822 high resolution – with the Bin1-mode the camera can operate at a resolution of 8288*5644 and pixel size of 2.3 um.

On top of this, not only does it have a very high QE-value with a peak at about 90%, but also feature an ultra-low readout noise of 1.2e. If you are looking for a small-format monochrome camera for astrophotography, you can’t go wrong with the ASI294MM Pro.

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14-bit ADC and 13stops dynamic range

ASI294MM Pro has very similar parameters as its color version. Both have the 14bit ADC and a high dynamic range of 13 stops, which is even higher than that of the well-known and celebrated ASI1600MM Pro camera.

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Backlit Sensor

Sony’s back-illuminated CMOS image sensor improves the sensitivity and noise reduction – the key factors to enhancing image quality. It does this by radically realigning the fundamental pixel structure from front-illumination to back-illumination, while still retaining the advantages of CMOS image sensors such as low power consumption and high-speed operation.

With a conventional front-illumination structure, the metal wiring and transistors on the surface of the silicon substrate that form the sensor’s light-sensitive area (photo-diode), impede photon-gathering carried out by the on-chip lens. A back-illuminated structure minimizes the degradation of sensitivity to the optical angle response, while also increasing the amount of light that enters each pixel due to the lack of obstacles such as metal wiring and transistors. These components have been moved to the back-side of the silicon substrate.

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Camera Performance

Large well depth capacity, low read-out noise and high dynamic range.

The full well capacity of 66387e of ASI294MM Pro is near the top of all ASI DSO cameras. It ensures a very high dynamic range of up to 13 stops that will greatly reduce the issue of overexposed images and also help to collect richer color information.

When the gain value is set to 120, the HCG high gain mode is turned on. We’re not saying it’s magic…but we’d like to think it is pretty close. With the HCG-mode turned on, the readout noise is greatly reduced, and the dynamic range is basically unchanged.

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Unlocked Bin1 Mode

Yet another perk of the ASI294MM Pro is that the pixel size is switchable – the default setting is Bin2, but you can switch to Bin1 anytime in your astrophotography software. This changes the pixel size into 2.3um and increases resolution to 8288×5644. This is what we called “Unlocked Bin1 Mode”. The ability to unlock bin1-mode was a popular request from our customers. Of course we listened to you and worked quickly to make it possible.

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Remember that using Bin1-mode will decrease the full well capacity compared to the standard bin2-mode.

Unlocked Bin1: 12bit ADC, 2.3um pixel size, 47 megapixels, 8288*5644 resolution, 14k full well capacity.
Bin2 (The default mode): 14bit ADC, 4.6um pixel size, 11.7 megapixels, 4144*2822 resolution, 66k full well capacity.

You can learn the more differences between unlocked Bin1 and Bin2 modes by comparing the performance charts.

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If the sampling accuracy you get with the 2.3um pixel size falls within a reasonable range, then the unlocked Bin1 mode will help you get more object details. However, you will lose dynamic range and ADC bit depth. Also the image files you get at Bin1 will probably be around 4 times bigger than Bin2.

So in the end the unlocked Bin1 mode is double-edged, you may choose to use it or not depending on the specific circumstances during your imaging sessions.

Reliable Mechanics

There are four screws on the camera that seal the sensor chamber. This kind of design has been extensively tested and is very stable and secure. Even when used in higher humidity environments, ASI294MM Pro will still work fine without dew problems.

Reliable Mechanics

QE Value

As ZWO’s latest BSI (backside illuminated type) monochrome camera, ASI294MM Pro has a very high QE performance, not only higher than its color version, but even than that of ASI1600MM Pro. It is estimated that the QE peak value is about 90%.

官网尺寸——294mm-p与1600mm-p QE对比

ASI294MM Pro vs ASI1600MM Pro

ASI294MM Pro vs ASI1600MM Pro

Two-Stage TEC Cooling: Ultra-Low Dark Current

Thanks to the two stage TEC cooling, ASI294MM Pro can lower the CMOS sensor temperature to more than 35 degrees Celsius below ambient temperature, which can greatly reduce dark current generation and sensor noise even during extended exposure times.

The unique dark current suppression technology can further reduce dark current noise. When it’s cooled to -20℃, the current noise can be as low as 0.0022e/s/pix, which is completely negligible!

 

 

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Please notice that the camera needs to be connected to an external 11-15v power supply to implement the cooling function. We recommend you use 12V@3A DC adapter (5.5*2.1mm, center pole positive) or lithium battery with 11-15V to power the camera. If you don’t have one, please click this link to buy a 12V power adapter. There are 4 different standards for different countries, please make sure you selected the correct adapter when placing the order.

https://astronomy-imaging-camera.com/product/acdc-adapter-12v-5a-for-cooled-cameras

 

USB3.0 & 256M DDR3 Memory

The ASI294MM Pro is equipped with a USB 3.0 transmission interface and a built-in 256MB (2Gb) DDR3 cache to ensure stable and secure data transmission. Under long exposure, it effectively avoids frame dropping and greatly reduces the glow effect caused by slow reading speed.

 

DDR-buffer

Notice: To learn how to tackle possible amp-glow that shows in your images, please refer to this tutorial: “What is Amp-glow and how do I manage it? “

https://astronomy-imaging-camera.com/faq

Mechanical Diagram

Mechanical Diagram - ASI294MM Pro

What’s in the box?

what is in the box - ASI294MM Pro

The best solution of 55mm back focus length

 

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We know that connecting new equipment can be daunting at first, so to help you out we have made tutorial on detailed connection methods of ASI294MM Pro. Just click the link below:

Read more: https://astronomy-imaging-camera.com/tutorials/best-back-focus-length-solutions-55mm.html

Our website is always updated with the most recent camera drivers as well as software for DSO and planetary imaging. Please make sure the most recent driver and software has been installed before you start shooting:

It is also recommended to read the Manuals first before shooting.

Do you have question, answer or comment? Post here!

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    I currently have a zwo1600mmc I am looking at the 294mono and would like to buy the zwo but being able to unlock the bin on the qhy294 is a big incentive to buy that product. Will you guys be unlocking that feature any time soon? i am looking at the purchase in the next couple of weeks or so
    Thanks in advance
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      We will consider this feature.




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    I have F/4 telescope. Your EWF page said “ 31mm filter won’t have vignetting up to F2 lens.” It is for 1600MM and I assume it is same for 295MM. On the other hand, I found the comment saying “ The 1.25″ filters maybe small for the f/4.5 telescope. You can use 36mm or 2″ filters”

    What size of filters should I use for F/4?




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      You can use 31mm or 36mm filters.




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    Hello, if you will consider to unlock the 1×1 binning mode for this camera, like the QHY294M, would it require hardware of software update only? I’d like to buy asi294mm pro now only if unlock 1×1 binning update can be done with current camera using soft update. thnaks




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      We will update the information on our website, you can keep an eye on it.




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    Hi, When will the completes kits be available like ASI1600mm




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      We will consider this.




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    Hello, does ASI 294mm work with the original Asiair (not PRO)? Thanks.




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      Yes, the original ASIAIR support ASI294MM.




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    How do I turn on/off the internal dew heater mentioned in your online description of this camera. I have one and I think I’m having dew problems.




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      You can turn on/off the dew heater in our ASIStudio software.




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    Hi, the news asi 294mm pro is supported by my asi air pro? Thanks




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      The ASI294MM Pro will be supported by the new version 1.5 of ASIAIR PRO. And the new version will be released in the near future.




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    Do you have an estimated shipping date for this item?




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      We will arrange the shipping according to the order number, it may take around 2 weeks for shipping.




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    Will you unlock the 1×1 binning mode for this camera? (Like the QHY294M)




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      Thank for your feedback, we will convey your feedback to our devs and they will consider this.




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    Thank you, but then please update description and specification, as it is still for the IMX294. 4144*2822 pixels, 4.62 µm Pixel size, 14bit ADC and 16.3 fps don’t fit with the IMX492, which has 8192×5556 pixels in total, 2.315 µm pixel size, and supports 10 and 12 bit conversion, but not 14bit.




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      The sensor is exactly right, and the description and specification are also right.




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    When camera will be available ?




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      You can order now, and we will arrange delivery to retail customers and dealers step by step.




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    Are you sure that it is an IMX492 sensor? Camera name and specification suggest it is an IMX294 sensor.




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      Yes, the sensor of this camera is exactly IMX492.




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    is it ready for shipping or you are just collecting the pre-orders? also with FedEx can you ship it under one week?




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      You can order now, and we will arrange delivery to retail customers and dealers step by step. The shipping time is depend on your local courier, it will take around 7-10 days arrive at your country, and it may take more time for shipping and arriving at your house.




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    The sensor name is listed as IMX492 in the Product Description diagram. Is this correct?




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      Yes, it is correct.




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    When can we expect the filter wheel kit to be on sale for this camera? Also, which filters would be good for the ED80 f/6 scope – 1.25” or 2”?




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      We will release this kind of kit in the near future. Maybe the 2″ filters will be better for f/6 scope.




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    My telescope has M54 female thread and the back focus is 55mm.
    I want to use M68 OAG + 7×2″ EFW + ASI294MM Pro.
    How can I connect M68 OAG with my telescope?
    Can I keep the back focus 55mm?




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    1. 1.25″ or 2″ filter for f/10 SCT telescope?
    2. How do I get 110 mm back focus for my telescope?




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      1.1.25″ filter is suitable for planetary image for f/10 SCT telescope. And 2″filter is suitable for deep sky object image.
      2.Sorry we only have the solution of 55mm back focus.




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    will it have the unlocked pixel mode like qhy, to be able to unbin and image at 2.315um pixels ?




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      Sorry this camera will not have this mode.




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    When camera will be available ?




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      This camera is available now.




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    Will 1.25″ be OK at f/4.5? Using ZWO EFW.




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      The 1.25″ filters maybe small for the f/4.5 telescope. You can use 36mm or 2″ filters.




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